Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

UCLA team envisions sustainability goals for LA

If the authors of a new UCLA report have anything to say about it, candidates in next year’s LA mayoral election will pledge specific goals for sustainability.

LA mayor signs 2 deals to bring solar panel to LADWP's mix

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced two deals that will deliver more solar power to the city's renewables mix.

$50 million settlement to clean up Superfund site in Rialto

Several companies will pay federal and state authorities more than $50 million towards cleaning up an industrial Superfund site in Rialto.

SANDAG plan fails on California's climate policy, says court

Judge Timothy B. Taylor’s ruling is the first time a court has weighed in on California’s controversial requirement that planners spell out ways to cut greenhouse gases.

County launches stormwater parcel tax campaign

LA-area property owners will be hearing from the county’s flood control district about a potential parcel tax to support storm sewers, one on which they'd vote.

LA's stormwater spider web heads to Supreme Court

A dispute between environmentalists and LA county’s flood control district reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but may not clear up who's responsible for stormwater pollution.

'Chasing Ice' at the Nuart Theatre

'Chasing Ice' shows climate change as it happens, such as when an enormous chunk of glacier breaks off and splashes into the water like a bath toy.

Update: LADWP exec says Owens Dry Lake ruling to cost LA $400M

“This decision doesn't change the fact that a common sense solution is needed to stop ... the senseless waste of water in the Owens Valley," said the LADWP's Ron Nichols.

LADWP ordered to implement dust controls on Owens Dry Lake

State air regulators have sided with eastern Sierra officials in a tense dispute with the DWP over LA's responsibilities to control dust on the Owens lakebed dried nearly a century ago by the city's thirst.

California's carbon market opens; is it strong?

The results of California’s first-ever carbon auction are in. The price for a carbon allowance was just over $10 a ton, lower than some analysts predicted.

Robert Redford, Pitzer promote So Cal sustainability

The program’s stated goal is to combine research with hands-on education in a liberal arts environment to solve sustainability problems in the region.

Stormwater permit approved for Los Angeles watershed

Water regulators have passed a sweeping set of rules that will change how L.A.-area cities manage stormwater runoff by imiting almost three dozen pollutants in water.

Testing underway for toxics under Carson Carousel houses (MAP)

Shell Oil is taking steps to clean up toxic contamination under homes in a Carson neighborhood built on top of open pits that were covered and sold to a developer.

LA regional water board to consider stormwater runoff rules

Los Angeles regional water regulators will consider rules designed to keep polluted stormwater runoff out of coastal waters and beaches.

Weather is personal. Climate is not. Will Sandy change that?

[View the story "Weather is personal. Climate is not. (Or is it?)" on Storify]Weather is personal. Climate is not. (Or is it?)Everyone moans about the weather; it's a fundamental right.